If Jesus Christ Were Born Today These Countries Would Crucify Baby Jesus
Posted by addisethiopia on December 29, 2014
The Nativity of Christ
[Luke 2:4 – 11]
“So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.“
Though sparsely populated in Jesus’ day, Bethlehem now has a population of 22,000, with Christians constituting 18% of the population. In the early 1900s, it was 90% Christian. In 1990, Christians were still in the majority, representing 60% of Bethlehem’s population, but the Christian population dropped down to 40% by 2000.
Today Bethlehem is controlled by the Palestinian Authority. During the first several hundred years of rule by Muslims, Christians eventually became a minority in the Holy Land. Christians in Bethlehem have been suffering from human rights abuses and economic hardships for years.
It could be described as a modern day exodus: Christians are leaving Palestinian Arab-controlled areas like Bethlehem in great numbers. If the needs of the remaining Christians in the West Bank and Gaza — Gaza only has maybe a thousand, two thousand Christians – is not addressed in 10 or 15 or at most 20 years, there won’t be any Christians in the cradle of Christianity.
The threat of persecution, including beatings and forced marriages between Christian women and Muslim men, are some of the reasons Christians have left.
- Bethlehem (PA)
- Mosul (Iraq)
- Mecca (Saudi Arabia)
- Mogadishu (Somalia)
- Khartoum (Sudan)
- Kano (Nigeria)
- Cairo (Egypt)
- Istanbul (Turkey)
- Tehran (Iran)
- Kuala Lampur (Malaysia)